Botanica Poetica: New Work by Lucas Artist Fellows

Friday, September 25, 2015 - Sunday, January 31, 2016

VENUE: Project Space Gallery

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Home to formal gardens, oak and redwood forests, and various exotic plantings, Montalvo's horticultural diversity serves as inspiration for a series of new works created by Lucas Artist Fellows Kija Lucas, Monica Lundy, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, and Fieldworks Collaborative (Trena Noval and Ann Wettrich). 

Identifying, collecting, and documenting varied specimens of plant life discovered while exploring Montalvo's 175-acre public park, these artists have adopted creative processes that resemble the activities of the backyard naturalist. Through sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper, viewers are invited to reflect on the ill-defined boundary between the natural and unnatural, and the intimate entanglement between human history and the landscapes that surround us. 


  • Senator Phelan, Rowina Mason, and Boz in the gardens FRI SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 6 P.M. (Historic Villa)
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    Garden Talk and Walk + Opening Reception

    Landscape designer, historian and writer Wade Graham leads guests on a walking tour around Montalvo’s villa and grounds and presents his talk, “James Phelan's Montalvo: Wonders and Worries of the Gilded Age.” Often drawing inspiration from the behavior ...

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  • Matt Rich, SUN SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 11 A.M. (Great Lawn)
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    Pop-Up Plein Air: Art Escapists

    Gather together with artists from the Bay Area and beyond, as well as the general public, on Montalvo’s expansive green lawn while connecting with nature!While en plein air has long been associated with the act of painting directly ...
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  • Hector Mendoza, FRI NOVEMBER 6, 2015 6 P.M. (Historic Villa)
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    Hector Mendoza and Day of the Dead

    Lucas Artist Fellow Hector Dionicio Mendoza discusses the role of flora in his new body of work. The artist also introduces the Mexican holiday el dia de los muertos (the Day of the Dead) and explores the role the holiday ...

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  • Kija Lucas, 2015 SUN DECEMBER 6, 2015 2 P.M. (Historic Villa)
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    Artist Talk with Lucas Fellows

    Join Lucas Artist Fellows Fieldworks Collaborative (Trena Noval and Ann Wettrich), Kija Lucas, and Monica Lundy for a conversation about the relationship between art and nature. Find out more about their new works on view in the Project Space Gallery ...

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  • Fieldworks Collaborative (Trena Noval & Ann Wettrich), TUE JANUARY 26, 2016 1 P.M. (Park Grounds)
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    Garden Talk and Walk
    with Fieldworks Collaboarative

    Join Lucas Artist Fellows Fieldworks Collaborative (Trena Noval & Ann Wettrich) for a walk through Montalvo's gardens and wildlands, and engage with their new participatory outdoor intervention, Curiosity Fieldstation.

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